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Manifesta 13 Marseille to open end of August

Image: View of Le Panier, oldest neighbourhood in Marseille, France © VOST / Manifesta FAD MAGAZINE
Image: View of Le Panier, oldest neighbourhood in Marseille, France © VOST / Manifesta

Manifesta 13 Marseille will welcome audiences and participants to its three programmes: the central exhibition Traits d’union.s; its Education and Mediation programme Le Tiers Programme and the parallel
programme Les Parallèles du Sud, between the 28th of August and the 29th of November 2020.

“For us Manifesta 13 Marseille was never thought of as a ‘full stop’, but as a hyphen, or rather hyphens – traits d’union.s – a gesture of bringing together. Yet, suddenly we find ourselves in a situation where reality amplifies and exhilarates some of our underlying thoughts, dreams and nightmares. Suddenly with all the predicaments of the present moment, you realise the urgency by which only culture can speak to the uncertainty of our times.”

Katerina Chuchalina, Stefan Kalmár and Alya Sebti, Artistic Team of Manifesta 13 Marseille

Manifesta 13 Marseille will be evolving throughout its entire duration. From the 28th of August the plots of Traits d’union.s will start to unfold, gradually moving from plot to plot with different intensities at different speeds, different underlying thoughts and dreams. The story of Manifesta 13 Marseille is that of passages, or as the title of the exhibition suggests, that of hyphens, between one world and the next: Traits d’union.s. Manifesta 13 Marseille speaks first and foremost to the specific situation
of Marseille, especially its histories and contemporary condition in this moment of transition. Manifesta 13 connects the voices of its participants with those of the local partner organisations and the
people of Marseille.

“By moving away from the traditional biennial model which Manifesta started to develop for Manifesta 12 Palermo in 2018, the future model for Manifesta is to collaborate even more closely and constructively with local citizens. Manifesta emphasises the potential that already exists within ‘the local’, which is very much visible in the current programme of Manifesta 13 in Marseille”

Hedwig Fijen, Founding Director of Manifesta

Visitors are encouraged to visit Manifesta 13 Marseille repeatedly, exploring all six Traits d’union.s plots as they unfold across the city.

At the end of August 2020, Le Tiers Programme will open the sixth exhibition of the Invisible Archives at the Tiers QG, Manifesta’s education and mediation space. Projects from Les Parallèles du Sud will be launched in collaboration with a large variety of local, regional and international actors across
the region, starting at the end of August. Manifesta 13 Marseille’s ticketing policy is under review and will beannounced soon.



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